One of the underestimated elements of job-hunting is making a follow-up call in the days after an interview.

Whether or not you get the job is irrelevant, there is significant value either way. 

Making that call can be scary, but hopefully you will see such value in doing so that you begin to make this a part of your normal routine after an interview.

If you didn’t get the job. If your interview was unsuccessful, here are a few reasons why you should make a follow-up call:

  • You can get valuable feedback on your interview to help you to improve in future interviews. 
  • If the successful candidate either doesn’t take the job or things don’t work out with them (this happens more often than you would expect), then you may be well positioned to take the role.

When you make the call, try not to be argumentative.  It may be that the person you speak to is hesitant to give you feedback or gives you an inadequate response.  If that’s the case, politely thank them for their time and move on.

Hopefully, most people will be at least a bit more helpful and give you some useful information for the future.

If you do get the job.  If you were successful in your interview, there is still value in making a follow-up call as it gives you the chance to build rapport with your new boss before your first day at work.

If you haven’t heard yet.  Sometimes, it will take a while for recruiters to get back to you after an interview.  It may be due to disorganisation or indecision, but there can be some value in making a follow-up call if you haven’t heard anything a week after your interview. 

If they’re disorganised and just haven’t contacted people yet, you at least find out the information that you need.  Whether you were successful or not, at least you can move on.

If they have yet to make up their mind, perhaps a follow-up conversation with you could help you along.  Maybe there’s some extra information that you could give them, or perhaps you could build on the rapport that you established in the interview. 

Some rules to consider when making follow-up calls:

  • Only make one call.  Any more than that and you’ll look like a stalker and risk  annoying people. 
  • Don’t be argumentative, it doesn’t help anyone.
  • Try to have a sensible question prepared to get the conversation started.
  • This is a skill.  You may not do this well to start off with, but if you persist, you will get better at it.

I’ve said before that looking for a job is like fishing.  There are no guarantees, but there are a few things you can do that can increase your opportunity to be successful and follow-up calls are one of them.

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